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Roof Cables

Help prevent roof damage by keeping gutters and downspouts flowing even in frigid below zero temperatures. The package contains shingle clips and cable spacers, along with complete installation instructions.

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Q: How do I install my Roof Cables?

As temps plummet this winter, ice can accumulate on your rooftop. An ice dam can damage your roof, break your gutters and cause leaks that threaten your home and foundation. In addition to cleaning out your gutters and installing gutter accessories to keep drainage clear, roof cables (also called heat cables) offer added protection from a buildup of rooftop ice dams. Roof and gutter de-icing cables prevent ice from sticking around during sub-zero temperatures. This allows ice to melt and move from your rooftop shingles to your gutters. That water flow reduces the likelihood of roof leaks and shingle damage from hard-packed snow and ice dams. Frost King carries electric roof cables kits in lengths from 30' to 200', each powered by 120V with 7 Watts per foot. These kits come with shingle clips, cable spacers and complete roof cable instructions. These kits are specifically made for inclined roofs with tab shingles. So that your roof cables respond to changing conditions, you may need Frost King's RS-2 Roof Sentry. Assess your entire roof. Where does ice accumulate? Measure horizontal roof sections, depth of overhang, length of each dormer and and length of each downspout. Use the included instructions (download here) to calculate exactly how much roof de-icing cable you need to buy. Install roof heater cables when it's dry outside and it's safe to do the work from a ladder. If you don't have a GFI (grounded) outlet, you may need to hire an electrician to put one close by. Take one end of the cable and begin at the corner of your roof. Run zigzags to create 15" wide triangles, running the cable from the overhang to the warm area of your roof. Secure the roof cable with brackets, affixed to each shingle where the roof cable bends. Run the end of the roof cable along the inside of your gutter and down the gutter's downspout. Plug it into a GFI outlet. Want to see how we install it? Watch DIY podcasters Paul and Brian install roof cables...

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Q: Can I Get Another copy of the Roof Cable Instructions?

Not a problem, download them here... Roof Cable Instructions

Q: Can I use a roof cable kit on the pipes in my basement?

No, you should use each product as per the instructions. The Roof Cable Kit is made for roofs only. For pipe application, you will need a Heat Cable Kit.

Q: Do I need to have the Roof Cable Kit plugged in all the time? Or just when it gets cold?

The Best Practice is to plug the Cable Kit in, before the snow begins. You can then leave the cables powered on until the snow has melted from the roof. Once the temperatures rise above freezing, you can go ahead and unplug the cables.

Q: When the cables are working - should they be warm to the touch?

When working properly, the heat cables are supposed to be warm - not hot.  You should also be aware of the outside temperature when testing the cables, the cables will only heat up if the temperature is lower than 38 degrees (Fahrenheit). 
 
Plus, there is a little red light on the plug which will show you that power is on.

Q: How long of a cable kit do I need?

Measure the length of your gutters, specifically the amount you need to cover. Plus take note the lengths of overhangs and downspouts. Add these measurements together, and you'll know the length needed to purchase Frost King's Automatic Electric Roof Cable Kit. If you still have a Frost King product concern, contact us. It's all explained in the instructions (click here).

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Q: Can I get instructions for the Automatic Electric Roof Cable Kit?

Q: Can The Roof De-Icing Cable Kit lay directly in my gutters?

No, you must maintain at least 2" clearance between the bottom of the drip loop and bottom of the gutter. Roof Cable Instruction Video Roof Cable Instruction PDF  

Q: How many linear feet would 60 feet of Roof cable Provide?

When Installing the Roof Cable Kits on your roof edge using the "WWWW" pattern, a good rule of thumb is, for every 20 feet (including the downspout) of roof you plan to cover, you will need approximately 80 feet of Roof Cable. Ultimately though, it depends on the given overhang and other parts of the roof that needs to be protected. Take a look at the instruction manual for more information.  

Q: Can I use a roof cable kit on the pipes in my basement?

No, you should use each product as per the instructions. The Roof Cable Kit is made for roofs only. For pipe application, you will need a Heat Cable Kit.

Q: How much Roof Cable do I need for 40 foot gutters?

If you plan on running the cable down the downspouts, you could use either the 160 ft or 200ft Roof Cable Kits.

Q: Can I attach the Roof De-Icing Kit to my metal roof?

Sorry, but the the Frost King Roof De-Icing Cable Kit isn't made for metal roofs, only roofs with shingles.

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Q: What is the wattage per foot on the Roof de-icing Kit?

All the Frost King Roof De-Icing Cable Kits (30 feet through 200 feet) carry a rating of 120V, 5 Watts per foot.

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